I spent about 10 years working with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, both as a volunteer and staff member at a variety of organizations. As a Victim Advocate, I realized how incredibly lucky and privileged I am. I have a safe place to call home, money to buy food, a family and that loves me and a partner that treats me with respect. Whereas, most of the women and girls I worked with didn't have their basic needs met.
I walked away from the field with an admiration for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Despite the horrendous physical and emotional violence victims experienced, most of the women and young girls I worked with were able to heal. The healing process was never easy, but with support they made it through. And that's the key word - support.
Support can come in many forms including access to medical care, counseling services, and a safe place to call home. Without a support network, it is not easy to overcome the emotional and physical effects of violent crime.
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